Duggan Talks Wisconsin

High on the University of Wisconsin since the Badgers and recruiting coordinator Joe Rudolph extended him an offer, St. Xavier linebacker Sean Duggan finally got a taste of what Wisconsin has to offer on his one-day visit.

MADISON - Since the offer from Wisconsin came in his mailbox early in the recruiting process, St. Xavier linebacker Sean Duggan had circled his June 23rd visit to UW with great anticipation. With two former teammates already at the campus, Duggan had heard how special the city and the program was, building up his expectations to high levels.

Did he set his Wisconsin expectations too high or did the Badgers live up to it?

"I think (the visit) lived up to it," Duggan told Badger Nation. "The thing that impressed me was how amazing the campus is. I love Wisconsin. It's right between two lakes, which I think is the coolest thing ever. In Ohio, we have the Ohio River, which is just … gross. The atmosphere was pretty cool."

Staying throughout Wednesday and leaving Thursday, Duggan was able to get a full tour of the campus, meet all the coaches and have a good talk with Strength and Conditioning Coach Ben Herbert.

"He's seems like a hardcore kind of guy, which fits in great," Duggan said of Herbert. "I met with Coach Doeren for awhile. All the coaches are easy-going guys, kind of blue collared, and it made me feel like I fit in with a lot of people there."

Duggan also got to spend time with Tight End Coach Joe Rudolph, who Rudolph helped recruit current UW players Sam Edmiston and Pat Muldoon from St. Xavier. Spending time with him, the relationship between Duggan and Rudolph was able to increase to a closer level.

"Coach Rudolph, I think, is such a great guy," Duggan said. "Everyone I talk to says that, as well. Coming to St. X, he's talkative and upbeat, so it was kind of cool to see him coach his players because he's the same way. I just think he's a great guy and glad that he is my recruiting coach."

Duggan also sat down for a 30 minute meeting with Head Coach Bret Bielema, who reiterated that the Badgers staff was very high on having his services come next season.

"He joked with me, telling me that if you go somewhere else in the Big Ten, we're going to come after you," Duggan laughed. "He was real nice. He told me that if Wisconsin is not the right fit, it's not the right fit but he also explained Wisconsin's philosophy as a hard nosed, hit-you-in-the-mouth-every-play team, which I like."

Registering 31 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions his junior season, Duggan's goal was to have his list cut to a manageable 10 schools by the start of summer so he could commit before the start of his senior season. Duggan admitted that he's down to two schools, but wants to take in a gameday atmosphere at each before pulling the trigger.

"Wisconsin and Boston College are really close," Duggan said. "I love both schools, so it's going to be a really hard decision. I want to take official visits there because I think gameday is really important.

"I am thinking of coming up to Wisconsin for the Ohio State game because I think it's just going to be crazy. I think I might go to Boston College for the Notre Dame game. I might want to go to some other schools, too, but if I only feel I need to visit UW and BC, then those will be my only two places."

The plan now for Duggan is to sit on his decision and start working with his team in preparation for the senior season and prepare for a lacrosse tournament coming up in Baltimore.

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